OCLT Honored William Brown & Barbara Felton of Lowland Farm at Annual Benefit Reception
Nearly 300 people attended our sold-out 2017 Benefit Reception at Falkirk Estate and Country Club. Thank you to everyone who attended and for making the celebration a tremendous success. We would also like to thank our honorees William Brown & Barbara Felton, as well as our benefit chair the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation.
Benefit Reception honorees William Brown and Barbara Felton of Lowland Farm with Bea Stern and Lisa Stern, benefit chairs from the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation. (L-R: William Brown, Lisa Stern, Barbara Felton, Bea Stern)
According to Land Trust Executive Director Jim Delaune “Will and Barbara were honored for their commitment to farmland protection, public access to nature, and agriculture as a vibrant and valuable part of Orange County’s economy and heritage.”
The Benefit Chair for this year’s fundraising event was the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, which was honored by the Land Trust last year for their longtime support of conservation and their work in launching the Chester Agricultural Center.
Lisa Stern, Vice President of the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation, said the Foundation is “thrilled” the Land Trust has chosen to honor Will Brown and Barbara Felton. “Not only have Will and Barbara made the commitment to protect their Warwick farm for future generations, but have also started work on the creation of a public access trail through this land, for others to enjoy,” said Ms. Stern. “Will and Barbara have provided invaluable support to the development of the Chester Agricultural Center, and Will has worked tirelessly in pursuit of its efforts to acquire farmland and assist beginning organic farmers. They are smart, creative, and strategic thinkers, always ready to share their expertise and lend a hand -or a shovel, as the occasion warrants!”
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Will Brown and Barbara Felton have owned Lowland Farm since 1985. In 2007, the 293-acre farm was permanently protected under Warwick’s Purchase of Development Rights Program, in cooperation with Orange County, Scenic Hudson and Orange County Land Trust. The Farm utilizes sustainable grazing methods to raise 100% grass fed and grass finished beef and lamb, as well as pasture raised pork, which are allowed to forage naturally in the farm’s woodlands. Will has been an active Board Member of the Orange County Land Trust since 2011.
The reception featured cocktail style dining, and a silent auction of unique experiences, services and items from the Hudson Valley, as well as an exciting raffle. The Annual Benefit Reception is the Land Trust’s largest fundraising event to support the conservation of viable farmland, watersheds, and wildlife habitats throughout Orange County.
Watch for 2018 dates for this annual event.
Thank you to our business sponsors, which include:
Ralph E. Ogden Foundation
Bon Secours Charity Health System
Catania, Mahon, Milligram & Rider, PLLC
Crush & Varma Law Group
First Federal Savings of Middletown
Hill N Dale Abstracters
Hudson Highlands Environmental Consulting
Hudson Highlands Land Trust
Jack Berkowitz & Co.
Pell Wealth Partners
PKF O’Connor Davies
Rider, Weiner, & Frankel, P.C.
Satin Fine Foods
Schwartzberg & Kenyon
Seely & Durland Insurance
Storm King Art Center
Storm King Golf Club & Tavern
Tsechen Kunchab Ling
Valley Table Magazine
Windy Hollow Hunt Club